Twin Shadow is the nom de plume of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr. The troubled son of a hairdresser and a âteacher who lived many livesâ (semi-professional football, massage therapy, film maker), his formative years were spent in suburban Florida. It was there that George made he first forays into music, experimenting with sound from the age of 14. Heâs not looked back since.
Escaping the palm trees and still heat of the Sunshine State, George travelled north to New York where he began writing debut album Forget over a series of months in his Brooklyn apartment. Inevitably, his nomadic impulses meant that the sound of Twin Shadow wasnât to remain tied to the Big Apple. Drawing inspiration from extended trips abroad to Copenhagen and Berlin, and a distinctly European sensibility that takes in Can, Bowie and a classic pop melodicism, Twin Shadow has proven broad in scope and enterprise.
As such, debut album Forget offers a panoramic view of a musical landscape that spans decades. Veering from the full-throttle power ballad âSlowâ to the shimmering Niles Rodgers-tinged disco of âAt My Heelsâ and the new wave synthesized breaks of âCastles In the Snowâ, Forget speaks of a carnivorous musical mind not afraid to venture down unknown paths.
It was venturing down these paths that led Twin Shadow to the attention of Grizzly Bearâs Chris Taylor in 2009. Impressed by the ambition of the music, Taylor not only lent his skills to the project by co-producing the record, but also offered to release Forget in the US on his newly established label, Terrible Records. Soon after, Twin Shadow signed to 4AD for the rest of the world, a deal George sees as allowing him to âshare his music through his dream labelâ.
On September 17, Twin Shadow will kick off a 25-date cross-country North American tour – tickets go on sale Friday, June 27. The band is confirmed for a performance at The Hudson Project in Saugerties, NY on July 11 before heading to the UK for Reading and Leeds festivals in August.
In May, Twin Shadow debuted new single “To The Top” to critical praise. Stereogum calls it a "near-masterpiece" and SPIN calls it a “stadium sized anthem...
Twin Shadow is set to return to Europe this summer, playing their first live shows on the continent since 2012.
The nom de guerre of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr., Twin Shadow will begin a run of eight shows - coined the Eclipse Tour - at London's XOYO on August 20th with further headline dates in Berlin, Paris and Tel Aviv. The now LA-based act is also lined up to appear at Reading and Leeds, Popoganda and Electric Picnic festivals...
Twin Shadow is the latest act to record for the 4AD Sessions series. Filmed at Teddington Studios at the back end of 2010, the session airs ahead of the band's debut European tour and gives fans a real insight into the band's live set up following the release of debut album, Forget, last year.
While Twin Shadow has long been seen as the work of lead singer George Lewis Jr., the four session...